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Trump’s rebuke of McMaster was months in the making | Politico

For a few weeks in late November, as speculation over whether President Donald Trump would fire his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, reached a fever pitch, Trump and his chief of staff, John Kelly, also considered pushing out another top national security official: H.R. McMaster. McMaster, the national security adviser who succeeded Michael Flynn — Trump’s first choice for the ... Read More »

The future battlefield: Army, Marines prepare for ‘massive’ fight in megacities | Army Times

In the midst of the Vietnam War, U.S. troops were rocked by an offensive that saw conventional and irregular enemies sweep over territories and entrench themselves in areas of South Vietnampreviously untouched by the war. What would follow would be the most intense urban combat U.S. forces had faced since World War II. A half century later, lessons from the Battle of Hue City are still ... Read More »

Female Marines to enter MCT at Camp Pendleton for first time | Marine Corps Times

A group of 40 female Marines are about to start training at a combat school reserved for non-infantry Marines aboard Camp Pendleton, California, a first in Marine Corps history. The group of women will embark on a 29-day course, known as Marine Combat Training Battalion, or MCT, in infantry training and tactics alongside male Marines. The new female students are expected to ... Read More »

Special Ops Command to Release New Operating Concept | National Defense

Marine Corps Special Operations Command will soon release a new operating concept — known as MARSOC 2030 — that will look at how “Raiders” will fight twelve years into the future, said the organization’s commander March 1. “Among the large set of trends that we see during conflict … [is] the convergence of two broad themes — regional competition and instability,” ... Read More »

Poroshenko enacts regulations on special operations forces in Ukraine | Interfax Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to enact the regulations on the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Relevant presidential decree No. 52/2018 dated March 3, 2018, was posted on the Ukrainian president’s website. “According to the fifth clause of Article 10 of the Law of Ukraine on the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I order ... Read More »

NATO’s Special Operations Chief Visits Croatia | Total Croatia News

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovix on Friday received NATO’s Special Operations Headquarters Commander, Vice Admiral Colin Kilrain, and the two officials discusses security issues and the situation in Southeast Europe, a press release from the President’s Office said. During the meeting, the two officials exchanged opinions on the most significant security challenges and threats to NATO and the role of NSHQ special ... Read More »

Fewer planes are ready to fly: Air Force mission-capable rates decline amid pilot crisis | Air Force Times

The readiness of the Air Force’s aircraft fleet is continuing its slow, steady deterioration — and this could spell trouble for the service’s effort to hold on to its pilots and its ability to respond to contingencies around the world. According to data provided by the Air Force, about 71.3 percent of the Air Force’s aircraft were flyable, or mission-capable, at any ... Read More »

Officers charged in ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal heading to court | Navy Times

Two Navy officers charged in the “Fat Leonard” scandal will face courts-martial hearings Tuesday in separate courtrooms on Naval Base Norfolk, in Virginia. Capt. John F. Steinberger and Cmdr. Jason W. Starmer are both slated to have their cases heard at a general court-martial, according to the court docket for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. The scandal gets it’s name from a 6′3″ tall ... Read More »

Here’s a Discovery That Could Lead Us To Lightsabers | Next Gov

Being a tech journalist, I tend to get excited about new things like advanced communications gear, new forms of cloud computing and, of course, the latest and greatest gadgets. Though I suppose, if I am being honest, that all these things are fairly inconsequential when compared with earth-shattering discoveries like fire or world-changing inventions like the wheel. It almost seems ... Read More »

Canada is using private intelligence contractors for its special forces | Vice News

Private intelligence contracts between the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) — the most elite branch of the military — and private intelligence consultants provide a rare glimpse into its secretive operations. The government issued calls for nearly one million dollars worth of contracts to provide private intelligence advice for Canadian commandos, according to federal documents released online. The contracts show ... Read More »

Inside the Networks of Sex Slaves, the Drug Trade, Colombian Cartels and Al Qaeda in Africa | The Daily Beast

When Moussa, a people smuggler from Niger, worked with jihadists from the so-called “Islamic State in the Greater Sahara” (ISGS), his task was to get inside Mali, pick up prospective migrants from the location the militants gave to him, and take them across the border to an encampment in Niger—the border village of Tongo Tongo. You may have heard of it. Tongo ... Read More »